Cloudesley Association "Interim" October Update

Further to our update yesterday, we have now had some further information which we wanted to pass on to you straight away (rather than wait until next month):

1. Dowrey Street Site

Please find attached the September newsletter from Morgan Sindall which you should now have received on your doorsteps.

Kevin Morrallee has also kindly confirmed to the Association that, at present, it is Morgan Sindall's intention to shut the site down on Friday 23rd December at approximately 4.00pm and not to re-open until Monday 2nd January. It may be necessary for them to open between Christmas and new year on 28th, 29th and 30th December, but this is incredibly unlikely and if they do intend to work in between, Kevin will drop us an email to let us know (which Florence and I will forward on to you straight away).

2. Meeting Minutes

Minutes from our residents meeting on 11 October 2016 are attached. Thank you to all the residents who attended and for their active participation in the meeting. It was great to see you all. We are looking to make some further progress on the anti-social behaviour and Christmas gathering action points and will update you in due course.

3. Cloudesley

We have been contacted by Melanie Griffiths of Cloudesley, which is a charity endowed by the will of Richard Cloudesley and has worked for almost 500 years to carry out his original intentions to serve the Anglican churches and medical needs of the people of the Ancient Parish of Islington. Details of the charity can be found at : http://www.cloudesley.org.uk/

We hope to develop a relationship with Melanie with a view to working with Cloudesley in the future.

4. Richard Cloudesley – Islington People's Plaque

Richard Cloudesley has been shortlisted for an Islington People's Plaque, the green heritage plaque scheme run by the London Borough of Islington to commemorate people, places and events of significance to Islington. This year there is a shortlist of 10 nominations (people and places) and the three nominations that receive the highest number of votes will be get a plaque in 2017 – good timing for the 500th anniversary of the writing of Richard Cloudesley's will!

Voting has opened and closes at midnight on Wednesday 30 November. Voting can be done in three ways:

i. Via the following link on the Islington Life website - http://islingtonlife.london/discover-islington/plaques/
ii. Or this link – https://survs.com/survey/dxwot69kw3 - open from 5pm today
iii. Or using voting cards which are available at the Islington Libraries, Local History Centre and Museum from today

We do encourage as many residents as possible to vote - hopefully for Richard Cloudesley.

5. London Nightstop

London Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for low risk homeless young people aged 16 to 25 in the homes of trained volunteers on a night by night basis. These volunteers open up their homes to young people when they have nowhere else to go and give them a safe place to eat, sleep and a chance to be listened to. I attach a leaflet and a newsletter which tell you more, and especially about the impact that Nightstop have on young people who, with a bit of help, can overcome the circumstances that have led to their homelessness and get on with their education or their careers.

As volunteers for over three years, my daughters and I have met interesting young people from near and far and found hosting them to be really rewarding. I'm often asked if I've been scared at the prospect of taking in a stranger and the answer is no, partly because Nightstop will only take on people who've passed a vetting process which includes taking references. For another host's perspective, see the attached newsletter's article "My First Time as a Volunteer Host".

Anyone who is interested in finding out more is welcome to contact me at 19 Cloudesley Square or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

6. Barnard Park

The Friends of Barnard Park are having their Annual General Meeting at 8pm on Wednesday 16th November at Church on the Corner. The Church is located on the corner of Barnsbury Road and Copenhagen Street, opposite the Adventure Playground.
The agenda will be:
1) Presentation of accounts
2) (Re) Election of committee members
3) (Re) Election of officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer)
4) Plans for Pop-Up events in 2017
5) Update on community gardening
6) Any Other Business

All welcome. Tea and coffee will be served.

7. Tracy Williams

Many of you who attended the early meetings for the redevelopment of the school site may recall Tracy Williams. Tracy was in charge of the rebuilding project and was one of Islington's financial gurus! Sadly Tracy passed away a week and a half ago.

The funeral will be held at St Mathias Church ,Wordsworth Road , Stoke Newington at 11am on Friday 21st October . If you knew Tracy and would like to attend, then the Council have respectfully asked that you could let them know by e-mail (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

The Council have also organised for a Book of Condolence to be available in one of the small rooms in the reception area at the Laycock Building. This will be in place from 1 pm on the 7th October until the 21st. If you would like to e-mail a message to be included this should also be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would prefer to send a handwritten card or letter this should be sent to Mark Taylor, Director Learning and Schools, Municipal Offices, 222 Upper Street, London , N11XR, who will ensure that these are forwarded to Tracy's family.

8. Broadband

A number of residents have complained that they struggle with their broadband.

Virgin has a website where you can register interest in moving to cable broadband, and it seems that if a lot of people do register, then it is possible to move up the list of streets to be cabled.

Residents may wish to register their interest, which can be done on the following website: ‎ https://cablemystreet.virginmedia.com

If you are aware of any event, consultation or news item that you would like us to include in our next newsletter, please let us (or your street rep) know.

As ever, if you know of any neighbour who is not on the Cloudesley Association e mail distribution list, please pass this e mail on and/or ask them to provide me with their contact details so that they can be kept in the loop.

 

Amanda and Florence
On behalf of
The Cloudesley Association